Get ready for new rules in cricket- red card, no run outs
London : Like football and hockey, cricket will now have a green card. According to new MCC rules, umpires will have the authority to send players off for serious breaches of behaviour under updated laws.
The new laws of the game will be implemented from October 1, 2017.
It has also laid out the restrictions on bat sizes and there will be an amendment to the run out law to protect a batsman whose bat has bounced in the air once they have crossed the popping crease.
The new laws follow the recommendations of the MCC Cricket Committee from their meeting in Mumbai last December.
Umpire sanctions under the new code
Level 1: Offences include excessive appealing and showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. Following an official warning, a second Level 1 offence will result in five penalty runs being awarded to the opposing team.
Level 2: Offences including throwing the ball at a player or making deliberate physical contact with an opponent during play, will result in the immediate awarding of five penalty runs to the opposing team.
Level 3: Offences including intimidating an umpire or threatening to assault another player, team official or spectator will result in five penalty runs and a removal of the offending player from the field for a set number of overs, depending on the format of the match.
Level 4: Offences threatening an umpire or committing any act of violence on the field of play, will result in five penalty runs and the removal of the offending player for the remainder of the match. If the player is batting at the time of the offence, he/she will be recorded as ‘retired out’.